Emotional Wellbeing Workers

Isledon Arts
Multiple locations across Islington
£34,000 - 38,000 depending on experience
11 Mar 2019
26 Mar 2019
SEMH service redesign pilot
Youth service
Full Time
Contract Type

Location: Islington, North London

Salary: £34,000 - 38,000

Hours: 40 hours a week including some evenings 

Closing Date: 26th March 2019

Islington CCG in partnership with Islington Council are funding a two-year pilot programme to increase the youth worker capacity at Lift, Platform and Rose Bowl to facilitate young people with emotional wellbeing needs to be supported in the hubs. There will also be an increase in the specialist counselling services based at the hubs and other community settings.

These roles have been designed in consultation with young people.  It is part of an overall redesign of the Children and Adolescents Social, Emotional and Mental Health Services (SEMH) provision in Islington.

Overall purpose of the role

Leading a new project that promotes the emotional well-being of children and young people through support and guidance.  This will include creating or supporting personal plans that combine direct delivery, on-line tools and using integrated support services. The outcomes are that young people; 

  • become motivated, positive and resilient 
  • develop self-help skills to get themselves to where they think they should be 
  • gain the confidence to experiment, make mistakes and thrive 
  • treat themselves and others with kindness and respect  
  • discover new ideas, activities and ways of doing things

Key activities and responsibilities

  • Welcoming and introducing children and young people who have been referred via a health professional into youth services.  
  • Having conversations with children and young people, identifying the issues affecting them and giving information and guidance about services and opportunities to help with their emotional needs  
  • Working with young people to develop or implement a personal plan combining for example counselling with local providers, on-line support and positive activities. Following up and ensuring the personal plan is progressed. 
  • Identifying and referring when further targeted or clinical support might be needed. Including and advising family members or carers how best to support their children in management of their personal plan. 
  • Efficiently managing the work load and ensuring that all contact work and outcomes are documented, evaluated and that data is inputted into a case management system. 
  • Working as part of the hubs youth work team to seamlessly integrate the new service.
  • Giving support to young people who are already using the youth hubs who could benefit from emotional and well-being services as an early intervention. 
  • Developing and maintaining strong knowledge and relationships across the network of local children and young people’s social, emotional and mental health providers and those delivering sports, physical activities, arts and culture. 
  • Developing and facilitating group support work opportunities for young people with similar or complementary needs. 
  • Staying informed on legislation, local and national issues, and best practice in youth work. 
  • Ensuring child protection procedures are followed and that the safeguarding of young people is paramount in a complex multi-agency environment.
  • Carry out all duties in accordance with Isledon Arts’ policies on Health and Safety, Child Protection and Data Protection, and within relevant legislation.
  • Any other duties appropriate to the post.

Personal Specification

You are

  • Positive and self-driven, able to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Flexible in your approach (this is a pilot project and will be developed as we learn)
  • Resilient, able to handle the responsibility that dealing with the emotional well-being of vulnerable young people can bring

Education, qualifications or experience

  • Experience of youth work and delivering high quality youth services in an inner-city environment
  • Experience of case work and working with young people with emotional and well-being support needs 
  • Experience of partnership working in service delivery 
  • Formal training in Trauma, Mental Health Awareness and a Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate are desirable 
  • Experience of line management or team leadership is desirable 
  • Experience of project management is desirable

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability and confidence to establish positive relationships with children and young people (and their families) and motivate them to participate in support services and creative and healthy activities  
  • Excellent organisational and administration skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Strong literacy skills with the ability to write reports and evaluations
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Caseload management skills to prioritise effectively and multi-task in a sometimes busy and stressful environment 
  • Politically and creatively aware and ‘plugged in’ to issues affecting young people today with an understanding of the role of social media in young people’s emotional lives 
  • Positive about embracing challenge and change, open to experimenting, new ideas, reflective practice and working with other organisations in a spirit of partnership 
  • Ability to represent Isledon and give presentations at meetings and stakeholder events 
  • Ability to think strategically using field, desk and academic research to inform views
  • Understanding and appreciation of the importance of monitoring and evaluation  
  • A believer in strongly supportive environments, sharing and being open with colleagues 
  • Ability to operate within professional boundaries when developing and maintaining relationships with young people and their families 
  • A working understanding of equality and diversity with the ability to challenge discriminatory behaviour

Full job details including application form can be found here. To apply for the role please upload your CV and Application. If you have any questions or problems uploading your application please contact: jobs@isledon.co.uk

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